NOTICE: Due to public health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic as well as Governor Lamont’s Executive Order requiring all non-essential employees to work from home, staff of the Freedom of Information Commission will not be present at the Commission's office beginning March 24, 2020 and will telework in accordance with the Governor’s Order. Commission staff will make every effort to continue agency operations to the greatest extent practicable under the circumstances and will retrieve and respond to voice mail and email communications. Please feel free to contact the Commission at 860-566-5682 or by email at: foi@ct.gov. CONTESTED CASE HEARINGS scheduled through April 10, 2020 are POSTPONED. The REGULAR MEETINGS of the FOI Commission scheduled for March 25, 2020, and April 7, 2020 are CANCELED.

Sec. 1-213.  (Formerly Sec. 1-19b).  Agency administration.  Disclosure of personnel, birth and tax records.  Disclosure of voice mails by public agencies.  Judicial records and proceedings.(a)  The Freedom of Information Act shall be:
            (1)  Construed as requiring each public agency to open its records concerning the administration of such agency to public inspection; and
            (2)  Construed as requiring each public agency to disclose information in its personnel files, birth records or confidential tax records to the individual who is the subject of such information.
            (b)  Nothing in the Freedom of Information Act shall be deemed in any manner to:
            (1)  Affect the status of judicial records as they existed prior to October 1, 1975, nor to limit the rights of litigants, including parties to administrative proceedings, under the laws of discovery of this state;
            (2)  Require disclosure of any record of a personnel search committee which, because of name or other identifying information, would reveal the identity of an executive level employment candidate without the consent of such candidate; or
            (3)  Require any public agency to transcribe the content of any voice mail message and retain such record for any period of time.  As used in this subdivision, “voice mail” means all information transmitted by voice for the sole purpose of its electronic receipt, storage and playback by a public agency.  (P.A. 75-342, §3; P.A. 79-118; P.A. 87-568, §3; P.A. 94-246, §15; P.A. 97-47, §6; P.A. 04-171, §1.)